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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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After quietly resting in the cellar for just over five months, it is finally time for our Willie Wee Heavy Scotch ale to be extracted from the Woodford Reserve barrels. The rich malt character reminiscent of cocoa, toffee, and brown sugar from the Belgian specialty malts has melded beautifully with the flavors and aromas of vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut and fine bourbon from the charred American oak barrels. Prolonged aging in these amazing barrels yields a finished product not only with a high level of complexity but also a smooth creamy mouthfeel which masks this ale’s rather substantial ABV.

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4.8
SLCraig (11) - Pingree Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2015
The ultimate Wee Heavy! Pours a simi-dark yet clear with a medium head. Awesome nose, with a very pleasing sweet and malty backbone I love in a Wee Heavy, plus the added goodness from the bourbon barrel. Not sure how this beer could be better

4.6
mfhennig (285) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice beige head and some clingy lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit. One it warmed a bit the bourbon took over. Taste is sweet and boozy, definitely a sipper. This is one of the really goods beers, glad I bought two.

4.6
Benzai (16123) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2016
Bottle [from trade with Iggywh, thanks!] @ home. Superb deep dark red color, full sized dense beige head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is very rich: malts, caramel, toasted malts, vanilla, brown candy sugar, whiskey / bourbon, lightly raisins, hints of chocolate and mocha. It tastes just as good: again an explosion of flavors yet somehow balanced and not just a messy mix up. Malts, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, wood, oak, toffee, whiskey / bourbon, vanilla, slightly leather, a slight hint of smoke, sweet. Full body, thick oily texture, suitable soft carbonation. Wonderful beer!

4.5
hopscotch (11170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours clear and mahogany with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma features bourbon and caramel - what more do you need? Full-bodied with lazy carbonation. Loads of bourbon flavor here. Caramel and toffee too. So smooth. Not hot. Doesn’t burn. A miracle. I love it. World-class brew right here! Bottle graciously provided by of BBB63!

4.3
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and hints of coconut. It pours a dark brown that has significant orangish-red transparency when held to the light. It has a one finger tan head that quickly fades to a thin film that is outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some spotty webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate, brown sugar, and toffee. The finish has moderate maple syrup, lighter oak, light vanilla, and bourbon. It’s medium-full bodied with a mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this beer hits the sweet spot for me when it comes to the maple syrup flavors found in some barrel aged beers.

4.2
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Draft at Revolution. Pours a reddish russet color with a soft offwhite head. Nose is quite fruity and woody. Big oak character and caramel with a strong sweetness overall in the nose. Booze is also noted, soft cocoa. Oak is well incorporated in the nose. On tasting, the booze is far more restrained than I would have thought, though it is definitely present. Sticky and chewy but dried out by the surprisingly strong roasty notes. More caramel and plum is noted. Pretty spectacular BA wee heavy.

4.2
Newk (299) - - MAR 4, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2012 had on tap at revolution. Poured into a snifter and pours a pitch black color with a nice head. very pungent and though the bourbon notes are there, they are well balanced. Great depth along with aromas of black cherries, raisins, plums, malts and bourbon. Full bodied with a real polished and smooth feel. It handles the size of the beer well with great flavors of malts, bourbon, black cherries and some plums. It would be great if they had this more often. This was excellent and was really aided by the bourbon barrel.

4.2
AdamChandler (5113) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2015
really dark burnt orange. aroma is nice. actually has a really nice malt balance. graham cracker, ginger, fudge, oak and vanilla. Taste is damn good. Loads of vanilla, coconut..just really really well done! This is awesome.

4.2
AirForceHops (7536) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle purchased at Binny’s South Loop back in November 2014. Somewhat clear ruby color without any type of head aroma is very nice. Bourbon is smooth with vanilla, coconut, burnt oak and some sugar.

The flavor is wonderful, wow! Bourbon is perfectly integrated throughout the sip. The sweet malts, toasted oak, coconut, vanilla and a very light hint of alcohol warming. The warming is still mild and make my belly nice and warm. The flavor is very smooth for 10.4%.

4.2
ChiGuy68 (604) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2016
Tasted on tap at Revolution Brewpub in Chicago. It poured an opaque brown with a quickly disapating beige head. Potent aroma of alcohol with hints of coconut. Packs a turbo boost, high octane kick. The bourbon is so strong this could be served in a shot glass. Not for the faint of heart.


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